Best of the Scottish Highlands Tour from Inverness: Black Isle, Loch Ness and Scotch Whisky - Reviews

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frederick h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Off we went with our guide Allison in a roomy van. Allison was fantastic, she knew our 10 names in the first 5 minutes and I enjoyed her good-natured banter and her wealth of knowledge. First to Loch Ness where we heard the legend but the monster was on an extended vacation presumably. After the whiskey tour which had been pre-arranged, we had lunch in the quaint village of Cromarty where some of us had Cullen Skink soup which sounds like it's made from lizards but actually a delicious smoked fish. We got our feet wet along the coast as we looked for dolphins. They must have been on vacation too but the Highland cattle were not and no one complained we were having such a good time. Back to Inverness where we received recommendations from Allison for dinner and entertainment ideas. I'd do this all again, and hope to sometime soon.

Elizabeth R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

We loved our tour! Our guide was wonderful - very informative and a lot of fun!

kym b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

A lovely drive through the countryside with a very experienced driver/guide. Information provided on the history of villages we passed through and of some of the myths and legends that abound throughout Scotland.

The tour departed on time and the bus was clean and comfortable.

If you are wanting to see some beautiful country this is a tour for you.

The Whisky tour was very informative and gave me new insight on the process of making the delectable drop

Jonine F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

We had a fantastic tour guide Duncan, who was extremely knowledgeable and gave the best stories of the area. He even played music during the tour. It was exceptional. My in-laws said that this was the best tour they had ever had in their lives, so we know it was memorable. Highly recommend!

Ina V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

This trip was fantastic. The tour guide was very knowledgeable.

Michelle N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

I had the best time, Alison driver/tourguide was amazing. Wonderful experience

Diane R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

This was just what we were looking for -- a nice wander through the Black Isles with an experienced and informative guide. Gary not only knew lots of interesting facts and stories, but he gave us tips about what to look for in each of the places where we stopped. His enthusiasm was infectious. Another great Viator tour!

Joseph Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the true country of the Scottish Highlands. Our coach driver was the greatest. He was very informative on the history and was very thoughtful and accommodating to everyone. Would recommend this tour to anyone. Very long day but worth every hour of it. Five Star tour and driver was great with resteraunt recommends.

Hilary M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

The trip was wonderful. Alison, our tour guide, was exceptional. Very knowledgable and loads of fun. We all had a great time.

Ronald W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

Had great tour with small group. Allison did great job and adapted to suit the group to make tour even more enjoyable. A couple of extras added to the experience. Dolphins had the day of but this did not detract from the trip

John C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

Only 3 passengers on the bus so driver adopted a flexible itinerary, which suited us all.

Andrew C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Malcolm was a kind, patient and excellent host. Interesting commentary on the local areas covered. It was fantastic fun seeing the seals and dolphins at the Black Isle and the visit to the distillery was fun too.

Wilbur W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2013

Very good tour guide and fun experience. Will recommend to Anyone.

jessmelch229

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2017

It was a great trip! Our tour guide was very willing to help us see some great country! Great time!

Marian D

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2017

It is worth of for those who enjoy countriside views, want to see life out of capitals and spend comfortably a day during their stay in Inverness. Nice Black Island sites and really rural atmosphere of villages to enjoy some coffee, sandwich or beer in local pubs. Whisky tour in Glen Ord only basic level, however, enough for most of not deeply interested in, finished with tasting. All tour related information given during the day were practical and interesting. Satisfied at all, but would recommend to tour guides, in general, to take better care of their pronounced english as also not native english speaking visitors can appear on their board from time to time. Thanks for nice day.

Jillian K

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2017

Enjoyed the lovely scenery and our guide, Julien, despite a mostly rainy day. We only stopped for a short time to take in the view of Loch Ness but I think I prefer that to the place we passed by - what seemed like a more commercial Nessie visitor's center. Julien, kept up a commentary through the day telling us interesting facts as well as local lore of the places we visited. The distillery tour was great and I felt there was ample time spent there about 45 min. Sally was our good humored distillery guide. I'm not a scotch drinker but this was an interesting tour and I can better appreciate what goes into making this libation! Footwear tip: don't wear thin/ spiky heels as part of it is walking on grating. Stopped in Beauly for a visit to the ruin of what was once an abbey. Julien's commentary did not seem rehearsed and I felt that he was sharing his knowledge with us rather than talking at us. It was like traveling around with a friend! We did not see dolphins near Cromarty but had a very nice lunch on our own and a brief walk on the beach there. By then the sun was peeking out. Again, Julien's stories were entertaining and personable. I would like to go back and spend a little more time in some of these places! Logistically speaking the pick up and drop off point bus station in Inverness was convenient and we left in a timely manner and got back earlier than I had expected. One thing I would encourage is to engage the tour participants with each other - maybe some ice breakers as we begin the tour. The people on the tour were pretty quiet and we didn't interact much with each other. Maybe all of us happened to be introverts that day? Overall a good day - wet but well spent! Thank you, Julien!

Anita P

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2016

There were only 4 of us on the tour. It was terrific. Thanks, Ian !

Amelia B

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2016

Nice !

Steven G USA

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2016

Our driver Kevin was spectacular! the weather was great and he was so knowledgable about so many different parts of the areas we saw. the tour guide at the distillary was so-so, but all in all it was a lovely day. We appreciated the scenic drive actually the best. And the dauphins were really active the morning we were there.

Keith H

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2016

Best part was the distillery tour. The rest was very interesting with some lovely scenery and an excellent guide

James R

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2016

Fairly good

Sharon M

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2015

This was an interesting tour. The guide was knowledgeable and the sites were worthwhile

Robert O

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2015

The best part of our tour was our guide, Alison, who was witty, knowledgeable, and caring about the people on her tour. Plus, we received glimmers of sunshine for the first time, an omen that followed us to London the following day. Great trip. Would recommend it for anyone who has never been to Inverness before.
It's a four star rating.
Thanks,
Robert and Tobi O'Brien

Swinder J

3 star rating: Worth doing
July 2016

We enjoyed the trip overall, but felt that it was a bit too long for the different experiences included. Our guide was nice and if you have a whole day to spend in a van soaking up some great views, it was ideal.

dlcama

3 star rating: Worth doing
June 2015

We did not know the town was at least 45 minutes from the dock and we missed our tour.. called but was told they could not wait for us

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